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  • Jail Log - Oct. 14, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Oct. 5 and Oct. 11:

  • Governor’s PAC raises $560,000

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A political action committee affiliated with Gov. Susana Martinez has raised more than a half million dollars during the past six months, providing the Republican governor with a potent amount of cash to use against Democrats in next year’s legislative races.

    The governor established Susana-PAC earlier this year to support legislative candidates backing her agenda.

  • Dems warn supercommittee against cuts

    By Alan Fram
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — House Democrats are advising Congress’ supercommittee to create jobs, raise revenues and avoid damaging cuts to crucial public works, education and health programs as the panel searches for ways to curb the government’s growing debt.

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 14, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Prosecutor appeals case
    SANTA FE — The prosecutor who accused a Las Cruces judge of bribery is taking his allegations of judicial misconduct all the way to the state Supreme Court.

    Special prosecutor Matt Chandler has asked the state’s chief justice to be disqualified from hearing anything related to the matter, saying that -- among other things -- Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Daniels publicly disparaged his case.

  • Highlands enrollment up slightly

    Enrollment at New Mexico Highlands University is up slightly from last year, continuing the trend of modest growth it has enjoyed since at least 2009.

    Census day enrollment figures released by the university Monday reveal that overall enrollment this fall is at 3,792 — 33 more students than enrolled in Fall 2010. The figure includes enrollment on the main campus, and at Highlands centers and programs around the state.

    Likewise, overall student credit hours are up.

  • Jail worker is under investigation

    The San Miguel County Detention Center is wrapping up an investigation into allegations that one of its female employees was having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate, county officials have confirmed.

    The allegations are being made by the wife of that inmate, who was jailed for three months on domestic violence charges. The man was jailed on June 10 and released on Sept. 14 after entering a plea agreement with prosecutors.

  • Limited Storage

    Editor’s note: Today, the Optic continues its series on the city’s water problems with a look at the limited storage the city has available. The series will run each Wednesday through Nov. 2.

    Hot temperatures coupled with little to no rain had the entire city worried about running out of drinking water this past summer.

  • Gov. signs capital outlay package

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law a measure financing about $86 million worth of capital improvements, ranging from prison upgrades to vehicles for senior citizen centers.

    The capital outlay bill, which contains $7.3 million for improvements at the New Mexico Behaviorial Health Institute in Las Vegas, was approved by the Legislature during a special session that ended last month.

  • Authorities search for admitted killer’s victims

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Police have reopened the unsolved case of an Albuquerque woman missing for 16 years after authorities received new information connected to a man who boasted in writings that he was responsible for around 40 victims.

    Albuquerque police were set to join FBI agents and New Mexico State Police on Tuesday in a search around Elephant Butte Reservoir and nearby caves where they believe David Parker Ray may have buried some of his claimed victims.

  • New Mexico News In Brief - Oct. 12, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Former N.M. soldier buried
    EL PASO, TEXAS  — A former Marine from Albuquerque killed in Afghanistan has been buried in Texas. Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz was buried with full military honors Monday in El Paso in front of more than 1,000 supporters.

    Veterans, friends of the family and members of military families attended the 27-year-old’s funeral.